“Mindful drinking” anyone? Bonus: Mocktail Recipes

image description: this colour photo has three separate panels, each with a mocktail. The first is a light pink drink over ice in a frosted glass with a garnish of five blueberries on a clear plastic skewer and a spring of rosemary. the second is a red smoothie-style drink in a clear glass with a frosted floral pattern on it and a garnish of watermelon; the third is a low glass with a yellow drink over ice, garnished with lime and rosemary.

image description: this colour photo has three separate panels, each with a mocktail. The first is a light pink drink over ice in a frosted glass with a garnish of five blueberries on a clear plastic skewer and a spring of rosemary. the second is a red smoothie-style drink in a clear glass with a frosted floral pattern on it and a garnish of watermelon; the third is a low glass with a yellow drink over ice, garnished with lime and rosemary.

When I first read the headline about “mindful drinking” thought geez, there’s mindful everything these days! As someone who practices total abstinence, it almost seemed to trivialize the idea of mindfulness to think that it could be applied to the consumption of alcohol. But when I read further, it turns out that mindful drinking is closer to not drinking than anything else. And I like that.

According to the article, “Forget the hangover, under-25s turn to mindful drinking,”

Forget pub crawls – increasing numbers of young people are replacing beer and wine with “mindful drinking” – where abstinence, not alcohol, is all the rage.

A fifth of British adults under-25 are teetotal, according to the Office for National Statistics, and numbers are on the rise. Motivated by health and income concerns, this new generation are bucking the trend of their parents, and choosing to drink in moderation, or not at all.

To me, who knew only one non-drinker when I was in that age-range, the stat that one fifth of Brits under 25 are hardly drinking or not drinking is quite something. It’s certainly not thought to be the norm.

Often when I am at conferences or academic events, it’s more difficult to accommodate my  non-drinking than my veganism (yes, I am that guest — the horror!). What I liked most about the article about mindful drinking was its report that this trend is making pubs stand up and notice. They’re starting to offer a wider range of interesting mocktails and other non-alcoholic alternatives. That’s good news for more than the under-25s.

What is mindful drinking? According to the article:

“It’s about changing the way you think and feel about alcohol. For a lot of people, mindful drinking means switching to a lower percentage drink, cutting down for a week, doing a sober sprint, or trying out an alcohol-free for size…”

I realize not everyone has a problem with alcohol, but I do think that the default in our social world is that people will be drinking. And while drinking may have some social value and, for those who do not have a problem, might contribute to a pleasurable time, it’s hardly an essential ingredient without which it’s impossible to have fun.

So the idea of a more mindful approach that encourages moderation or even abstinence strikes me as a positive step and I applaud the young people who are stating to think differently about the place of alcohol in their lives.

Is moderating or changing your approach to alcohol something you ever think about? If you’re thinking of trying a more mindful approach to drinking, here’s a link to some delicious looking mocktail recipes. Cheers!

About Tracy I

Writer, feminist, vegan, triathlete, sailor, philosopher, sometimes knitter.

3 thoughts on ““Mindful drinking” anyone? Bonus: Mocktail Recipes

  1. Jean says:

    I’ve learned a long time ago, that I’m probably slightly allergic to alcohol –I can get easily flushed in the face on only 1/4 – 1/2 c. of wine. It seems to run across my siblings.

    Oh well…no loss. I just have to be careful when cycling through wine country. It’s a natural controller ..

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  2. ainsobriety says:

    I personally think mindful drinking is an oxymoron. Drinking is ingesting a drug that reduces awareness and numbs. Mindfulness is being completely in the movement.

    I never even realized just how true that was until I stopped drinking regularly and embrace sobriety.

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